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[applause] >>safeway just be dragging their feefor 18 months 95% of safeway employees vote to go on strike well isn't that great lot of people are struggling the last straw for this union and when that strike could begin in the bay area. >>thank you for joining us tonight at 5 o'clock everybody i'm grant lotus vicki liviakis our top story tonight, safeway shoppers may soon see pickets
outside bay area stores ahead of what could be a strike by some 15,000 workers all across northern california. the union representing those workers has canceled its contract with safeway and the rank and file has authorized a strike. our first rob fladeboe brings us up to date now on that story from morgan hill. that's right vicki as grant was saying at the top there. i'm told some 95% of the rank and file have voted to authorize a strike their demands for higher wages and more hours for part-time workers, let's take a look. >>and re paid on average from about 9.50 to $22 an hour depending on seniority and what job they perform. >>the for contract negotiations broke down the union rejected an offer of a $1.50 more per hour on average. >>brian pe is a meat cutter and says he and his co-workers have earned or raise more than a buck 50. he says well they
offered a buck 50 over 3 years and we're already 18 months out of the contract. so but 50's on enough lucky 2.25 for meat cutters and $2 for the check or so they don't they won't even match or competitors. the union says workers want and need more hours to it says some 80% of positions are part-time. >>and while that may suit students and other younger workers needs me more opportunities for full-time work. while the full time employees get 40 hours part-time employees are guaranteed only 24 hours so as you can tell. >>at a wage that isn't that decent you can survive on 24 hours a week. >>united food and commercial workers local 5 represents some 15,000 workers across most of the bay area in a statement safeway which is owned by albertson said safeway remains committed to bargaining in good faith with the union to reach an
agreement that will provide a pension for their retirement while allowing our company to stay mpetitive. the statement did not address specific union demands about wages or hours hate to say they're just dragging their feet you know they just they're not coming back with anything that's decent that's where we went. >>and got a 95% vote appval from the members you know because everybody needs a little bit more money to live around here, you know that. >>no specific date has been mentioned for the strike, but the union does tell me that is planning what it characterized as series of escalating actions, beginning with informational picketing at stores in the bay area soon as the first part of next week live in morgan hill rob fladeboe kron 4 news. >>thank you rob tonight, we have a picture here this is who police say is the man who they've arrested for hitting. 2 men and a muni bus with his car last night in san francisco's mission. 62 year-old stephen kernan was booked for running a red light
and look for 2 counts of not stopping for an accident resulting in injury. the 2 victims are in the hospital tonight with life threatening injuries at 3rd victim was treated by paramedics on the scene. crash happened near the corner of 23th in mission. the driver behind the wheel of the black pre us get immunity bus and then crashed into the pedestrians on the sidewalk, the driver. police say left the scene but then about 5 minutes later came back and was detained police say the driver may have been impaired they're now looking through surveillance video from nearby businesses and video from that muni bus our police are searching for a suspect in an unprovoked assault on a passenger. >>these are surveillance images of the man police say the suspect got on a train at the coliseum station and started talking with a woman on board when a man got on the train at fruitvale the suspect started talking to both the man and a woman. investigators say the suspects and punched the man and started a fight, the suspect hit the victim with a chain and got off at
lake merritt the victim was taken to hospital but later released. the alameda county district attorney will not be pressing charges against 2 moms for housing activists and to supporters misty cross to lonnie king into supporters of the groure arrested during their eviction that was back on january 14th. the attorney representing moms for housing called the move. the right result, but says now that the sheriff must do the right thing and release all the reports to the public and that the public has the right to know the justification for the mother's arrest. the big story we're following for you tonight when california voters passed prop 66 in 2016 it was designed to speed up executions were little did they know that governor newsome would put a halt to the death penalty last year, but a lesser known provision in prop 66 is getting implemented this month. >>and it has some victims families crying foul kron four's dan kerman live in the newsroom tonight with more on that down. well a provision in
prop 66 also allows prison officials to transfer condemned inmates to another state prison within california. >>that provides the necessary level of security. those requests will begin this month. one of the arguments against the death penalty was how coly it was to house condemned inmates at san quentin. >>so proponents of the death penalty address that in prop 66 including proposition 66 a repeal of that law returned earlier law. so the department of corrections can house just roommates. >>that whatever prison hamid see security needs of that particular inmate. >>and beginning this month death row inmates will be able to request transfers to one of 8 facilities approved by the department ocorreions if approved they can also apply to work in avail themselves of other rehab programs at the facility i think it's an absolutely horrible idea mark class whose daughter polly's killer is among those on death
row can't believe what he's hearing. >>we give them opportunity. we give them benefits. we give them the very things that they denied all of their victims which is what put them on death row in the first place this an outrage as a travesty of justice which out of your points out these transfers will save money. >>and this does not mean these inmates will be released. >>my main concern is that they never gt out and i would like to see the county actually implemented. >>a class in china are both have in common is they are still both in favor of the death penalty and hoping that moratorium gets list that lifted that is also as part of prop 66 it increases the restitution deduction for condemned inmates to 70% so if they do end up working they will be delivering more money to victims families live in the newsroom. dan kerman kron 4 news. >>thank you dan today, john
leak how the man accused of murdering nia wilson returned to the witness stand in oakland. he was combative during cross examination that kicked off the witnessstand parker four's haaziq madyun spoke to a key defense witness about what happened in court. >>i'm here to get justice for my sister 62 >>the defense's key witness let people wilson is speaking to the media for the first time since the trial began against john kao for the 2018 stabbing death of her sister nia wilson at the macarthur bart station in oakland cal is facing a murder charge and an additional attempted murder charge for the stabbing of the teeple wilson at that same bart station the defendant briefly returned to the witness stand thursday to be cross examined by the prosecution that people wilson was in the courtroom and describes what happened when a project his feelings on >>the beat around the goods.
it's no means no beating around the yes, al video is expanded tory the stark these young ladies and he murdered however wilson family friend, the actress ex says cal's erratic behavior on the witness stand stop the video from mean played right before the moment neil was killed he continues to. >>answer quesons and tell the whole courtroom as he read out to get caught and what he's doing and he acts like he's crazy john kao eventually erupted on the stand and was removed after using profanity while addressing the da reed told him of that. >>if you talk to him like that he said that >>size and manipulates after that episode john kao did not return to the witness stand for the afternoon session at the alameda county superior
courthouse in oakland haaziq madyun kron 4 news. >>well it has been very dry. this month in california couple months now and a big portion of the state has returns to what they consider to be drought conditions you see the latest drought map there on the left the yellow means abnormally dry, light orange means moderate drought the map on the right is from december 31th. and you can see back then most of the state was in good standing as of right now though it is not expected to rain for the remainder of this month as we take a look outside right now it is been nice in the bay area, no doubt little bit. more cloud cover today then earlier in the week but certainly no rain yeah we have clouds but apparently they're not going to be producing much checking in oour weather chief meteorologist lawrence karnow lords any any rain in the not right now doesn't look very promising, but you know it we're talking about the drought condition of course we're come out a very wet rain year this past rain really
help to replenish a lot of our water source of an hour kind of seen things like the other way to a very dry from january right through a the better part of february now so you can just begin to see the drop make a return to the bay area certainly. >>for get some big storms that all goes away right now maybe more of a concern is the snow pack not seen as much not only 62% of normal in northern sierra just or 50% of normal in the central and you see the southern sierra nevada, 53% of normal of course we like to get these storms going right now nothing on the rise we're going to keep our eyes posted an to see what happens guys back to you. >>national news and a big story here today attorney general bill barr criticized president trump usual he says the president's recent tweets about stice department prosecutors in cases makes it quote. >>impossible for him to do his job are making the comment this afternoon just days after the justice department overruled its own prosecutors. they had initially recommended in a court filing that trump's longtime ally and confidant
roger stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison, but the next day. the justice department decided to lower the amount of prison time it would seek for stone. >>how police are searching for a group of thieves caught on camera how much merchandise they got away with when they stole it from this so for a store. >>and local yors working to fix california's homeless problem the ideas brought up in today's meeting and super tuesday is less than 3 weeks away that's when california will vote. >>coming up in just a few minutes we will go inside candidate michael bloomberg's campaign th obama: he's been a leader
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>>i was super tuesday 3 weeks away believe it or not san jose's is trying to diffuse the controversy surrounding michael bloomberg's use of the stop and frisk policy when he was new york's mayor liccardo is co-chair of bloomberg's california campaign and he spoke with inside area politics host catherine heenan today she joins us now and. >>ricardo is all in on bloomberg his all and rememr how quickly he. >>endorsed him had to come why harris dropped out of the race. san jose's mayor is saying that michael bloomberg has been building enormous support particularly in the african american and latino communities. that's despite the fact that audio from 2015
was leaked this week in which you hear bloomberg bluntly defending the stop and frisk policy. carter says that he thinks people understand and appreciate bloomberg's apologies. >>time and time again mike has demonstrated that he is committed to addressing issues of racial inequity economic inequity you know a time when. economic inequality and poverty are rising this country to 2 mike was able to reduce poverty reduce economic inequality in new york it was able to incarceration rates and reduce crime. you know it's those kinds of commitments that show themselves an action that i think really matter to people ultimately. yes, the words matter what matters for more the actions and i think that's how michael be judged. >>still you know that the bloomberg of people would rather be talking about just about anything else. ricardo for example has been stressing bloomberg's positions on things like affordable housing
and immigration vicki. thank you catherine and you can hear more of mayor le carre rose interview with katherine and a wrap of this week's big political events on inside a bay area politics. it airs sunday morning at 6.30. >>in california, it is estimated there are 151,000 people without homes that makes up about a quarter of all homeless people in the country and today in san francisco elected officials met to discuss ways to try to address the problem kron 4 charles clifford was there. >>well here in san francisco on thursday assemblymember phil ting along with several elected officials including the mayors of san francisco oakland and san jose were at a budget hearing to discuss homelessness now traditionally helping people are homeless has fallen to local governments cities and counties with the state providing assistance but in governor newsom's new proposal. he proposing a $750 million one time payment that would be distributed by regional directors who would decide how that money would be
used rather than the money going directly to local governments at today's budget hearing cha, there was a discussion about how exactly to bland the way it has been done in the past with what newsome is asking for at this point we have a proposal from the governor's office, it's a little bit different than what we've been doing the last 2 years so as part of every budget process we're trying to understand. >>why the departure from what seems to have been for the last 2 years building on past successes as well how does this the work that was done in the past also today's hearing, san francisco mayor london breed expressed her concerns that this would be a one-time payment from the state ongoing funding is necessary to make. >>a meaningful impact in the lives of people on the streets in this ongoing nding will allow the cities and counties across the state to continue the programs now governor newsome is also proposed using a vacant state property to
house homeless folks and also trailers that the state has to provide temporary shelter. >>he's also created a strike team to look for best practices and the best ways to help out folks who are homeless. but for now in san francisco charles clifford kron 4 news, some changes. >>are coming to the oakland zoo, the zoo ceo says that after a yearlong process. the zoo is closed to completely phasing out single use plastic items on display now there are 3 washed ashore sculptures an 11 foot penguin the 6 fo shark and the 6 foot to honor all made out of plastic trash. the zoo hopes of this new display provides the opportunity to tell the story about direct impact to humans have on the environment. how's the weather looking out today's and colder yet walking the runway. >>for a way work it out there today, yeah, hey guys we had
those clouds out there today what a change change from what we un force and not get the rain but you got the gray skies out there right now overlooking alcatraz you see those clouds overhead at this time and certainly a slower breakup day so that brought the temperature way down remember just a couple days ago we look at the numbers in the 70's even a couple low 80's today we're talking 50's and 60's so what a big change in the works is the right there. the clouds hugging the coastline, some that still moving inside the bay will see that kind of fill in again for tonight. >>enough of the sea breeze has returns to that offshore wind we're get that on shore breeze you can see there dave in san francisco, 13 in nevado a 9 in you get the idea that sea breeze bringing that nice cool air off the water right back into the bay area so tonight, increasing low clouds again, and you may see a couple patches of dense valley fog to that tomorrow, partly cloudy and sunny and breezy into the afternoon. this weekend we are going to see some increasing clouds late in the day on saturday and then not only do at least some breezy
conditions again on sunday doesn't look like it's going to be as windy around the bay area's these past couple of weekends, temperature wise we've got some cool numbers looking at only 48 degrees right now in the 7 to 50 in half moon bay, 57. in the san jose member just the other day we're looking at some 70's even along the coastline far cry from that is the fog is move back on shore 51 berkeley right now it's 53 in play up 50 in san anselmo cool and 52 in the bottle so yeah we've got a cold front out there unfortunately just not a lot of energy to it so it's going to come sweeping through tonight and really just kind of fall apart high pressure starts to build in behind that i think tomorrow maybe a little breezy again near the coastline. and those temperatures very similar to today kind of cool out there, especially up toward the beach. they still is new frustrations for california leaders are calling the c latest. >>high speed rail business plan unacceptable and concord police need your help identifying a group of suspects how
>>just 2 minutes to work in a $3500 hall concord police are asking for your help. the catch a couple of perfume thieves who kr four's believed to calm reports may be tied to other shoplifting incidents in the east bay. >>from the second the young pair walked into some 4 at the veranda shopping center in concord they wasted no time reaching their ultimate destination the perfume wall where it's clear they intended to help themselves. it's very
shocking see someone going >>willfully just take without any regard for you know what employees are doing nor just. common lie, the young man and woman take advantage of the employee at the bottom of your screen being distracted in the store off dimond boulevard she appears to be applying makeup to a customer. >>the man acts mostly as a lookout while the woman fills a bag up with perfume it happened at around noon on january 23th, we don't >>just you know if if there's a organization to a quarter was yes, those 2 individuals acting in a together in all police y the pair got away with 33 bottles of perfume worth an estimated $3500 a ton you care for. >>and people w our employees are saying or doing and want so eventually another employee on the top left of your screen seems to realize what's going
on and appears to use a radio to call out to someone. >>the employee who was applying makeup also eventuallcalls out on a radio 2, but the pair of shoplifters th quickly make their y out concord police corporal david petty says it's possible to have committed similar thefts in the past petty says officers have been investigating retail thefts perfume in particular. he says the 4 a has frequently been victimized we have seen an uptick in that way the store does employ a security guard, but the guard is not visible in the surveillance video it's unclear if a guard s on duty during the incident in concord felipe should all kron 4 news. >>california's latest high-speed rail business plan is generating bipartisan frusttion from state lawmakers kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains why. >>and this is really a mass in front of this state lawmakers from both sides of the aie thursday airing out their concerns with california's
high-speed rail project the latest business plan calls for an extra one billion of the billion bullet train project, the immediate plan includes completion of a line from bakersfield to merced said by 2022 with plans to connt san francisco to los angeles by 2033 the high speed rail authority citing inflation and a better cost estimate for the latest bump in the projects bottom line i think that there are a lot cities in the like to see. >>justified some state lawmakers are now calling for an oversight hearing to sort out some of these issues meanwhile assembly republican whip devon mathis thursday introduced a bill that would do just that for the duration of the project i'd like to know more about the ridership numbers. >>the ticket. >>time that i did because it makes people seem strange. although democrats and republicans share frustrations over the project's latest development valley and coastal lawmakers have different visions on how this money could be better spent better use of these funds could be.
>>to delay electrification of the central valley line use that money instead on already prioritized high speed projects in the bay area and los angeles i guess we have to accept a railroad between bakersfield in. >>and and the sooner this is ended the sooner they make central california whole the high speed rail authority has until may to send a finalized version of the plan to the legislature in sacramento, ashley zavala kron 4 news. >>next at 5.30 fears of coronavirus at local airports, how long sfo is halting flights from the bay to china and 17 people were arrested during a protest ed you see santa cruz by graduate students there are on strike. a g change to an east bay school which elementary will now be named after
obama: he's been a leader throughout the country for the past twelve years, mr. michael bloomberg is here. vo: leadership in action. mayor bloomberg and president obama worked together in the fight for gun safety laws, to improve education, and to develop innovative ways to help teens gain the skills needed to find good jobs. obama: at a time when washington is divided in old ideological battles he shows us what can be achieved when we bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions. bloomberg: i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message.
putting term limits on congress, about washington insiders went crazy. they said term limits are bad, that they'll break government. what a joke! congress is working fine for politicians and corporations, but it's not doing anything for real people on climate, health care or gun safety. the only way we get new ideas is electing new people, including a president willing to shake-up washington.